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Retired lab physicist and computational pioneer, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Berni Alder, 2009 National Medal of Science Winner
Berni Alder
September 2009 National Medal of Science Winner

President Obama has named Berni Alder, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory retired physicist, as a recipient of the National Medal of Science, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on scientists, engineers, and inventors. The award will be presented at a White House ceremony in early October . Alder is widely regarded as the founder of molecular dynamics, a type of computer simulation used for studying the motions and interactions of atoms over time. His expertise includes changing kinetic molecular theory by showing that simulations can significantly affect a scientific field. In 1980, Alder was one of the pioneers who used large-scale simulations to solve quantum mechanics problems.

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